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American Red Cross Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Western New York from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening, with up to six inches of snow possible. The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods, with more than 43 million Americans expected to be on the roads. The American Red Cross offers tips to help holiday travelers arrive safely at their destination:
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels before getting on the road. Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.
Pack emergency supplies like blankets, water and snacks, flashlight and first aid kit.
Vehicles should be in good working order. Fill the fuel tank, check air pressure in tires and top-off windshield fluid.
Buckle up and obey all traffic signs.
Avoid distractions while driving like using mobile phones to talk or text.
Designate a driver who won’t be drinking whenever alcohol is served.
COOKING SAFETY Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries, and more home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. Follow these safety tips:
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the cooking area.
Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.
Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.
Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage.
KNOW HOW TO TREAT EMERGENCIES People can learn how to respond to emergencies by downloading the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever they need it. The app is available in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
The Red Cross has a variety of emergency supplies and first aid kits available at redcrossstore.org.